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Melbourne String Ensemble Chamber

Playing chamber music leads to great string playing and for our new group, MSE Chamber, Fintan Murphy will be joined by Zoe Knighton from Flinders Quartet.  Zoe is one of Australia's finest chamber musicians and with over 30 years experience playing quartets she is expert at leading students to develop ensemble skills. Zoe regularly tutors for Australian Youth Orchestra, is a panellist for national and international competitions as well as maintaining a solo career with pianist Amir Farid with whom she has performed nationally and internationally (Carnegie Hall). She has been widely praised for her “thrilling tenor sound” and "many technical demands carried off with ease. (Limelight magazine)

The expected entry standard is as follows;

  • Violin: AMEB Grade 8 plus
  • Cello/Viola: AMEB Grade 6 plus

Rehearsals are scheduled on Saturdays during school terms in Kew from 1:30pm-3:30pm* 

*(MSE Chamber rehearses 2:30pm-5pm for one program each year - usually during May/June/July)

MSE Chamber Auditions

Applications for auditions are now open

To apply to audition for MSE please contact and provide the following information:

  • your name
  • the name and age of applicant
  • instrument/s played
  • level on instrument/s
  • contact phone number



MSE is a not for profit organization that is run via a committee of management. Fees include our rehearsal and concert programme, participation various masterclasses, an intensive workshop day and membership to the association.

Our current fee structure is as follows:

MSE Chamber Annual Program Fee 2024


MSE Auditions

MSE Auditions now open

Melbourne String Ensemble acknowledges the Wurundjeri, Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, upon whose Country we are based and recognises their continuing connections to community, culture and country.  We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.